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Summary of Victorian Weddings in St. Mary's Church 

 

The complete file of Victorian marriages is attached to the bottom of this page.


In the reign of Queen Victoria (1837-1901) there were 247 weddings in St. Mary’s, East Chinnock. The following analysis is based on the original records as recorded in the Register of Marriages.


Frequency

Although 247 weddings in 64 years approximates to four weddings a year there is a wide range of actual weddings per year.


Years with No Weddings
1846
1892
1896
1897
1900
1901
Years with High Number of Weddings  

1862

10

 

1859

9

 

1844

8

 

1861

8


Comparing Decades

There were 56 weddings in the 1850’s and only 19 in the 1890’s.


The Most Popular Single Date for Weddings

Christmas Day

There were 9 weddings on Christmas Day and another 4 on Boxing Day. Presumably this was because this was a general holiday period for most people.


Weddings in Each Month


January

11

 None on the 1st

February

18


March

11


April  

25

 None on 23rd (St.George's Day)

May

13


June

17


July

23


August

23


September

28


October

22


November

21


December

35


First Names of Groom


By far the most common first name of the grooms was John.

Groom’s first name (those with 10 or more mentions)

John  

 30


William  

 21


James     

16


Charles  

15


Joseph  

15


Thomas  

13


Robert  

11


Unusual First Names for Grooms

Abner
Cains
Demas
Ishmael
Job
Levi

First Names of Bride

The three most frequent first names account for over one third of all the brides.

Names with 10 or more mentions

Elizabeth

33


Mary

28

 of which 18 were Mary Ann(e)

Sarah

25


Jane

20


Ann(e)

12


Eliza

11


Unusual First Names for Brides

Temperance
Thomasin
Mercy
Kezia(h)
Hephzibah
No bride was named Victoria


 Ages of The Groom and Bride


Many of the early records do not give the age of the groom or bride. They are merely noted to be “Of full age”, presumably meaning to be over 21, or “Minor”. From 1862 the age is given in almost every case.


 Age

Grooms

Brides


17

0

1

 

18

0

4

 

19

4

7

 

20

10

13

 

21

23

19

 

22

9

13

 

23

19

20

 

24

11

9

 

25

6

13

 

26

12

6

 

27

6

7


28

11

5


29

1

3


30

5

13


30+

15

11


Total

132

134


 

Early twenties is clearly the most common age for these marriages.


Profession of Groom


The profession of the groom is recorded in every record.
151 of the 247 grooms, over 60% were labourers.
 

Groom’s Profession

Labourer

151


Yeoman

 9


Carpenter 

 8


Weaver

7


Shoemaker

5


Baker

4


Butcher

4


Mason

4


Blacksmith

3


Profession of Bride


Only 5 of 247 records note the profession of the bride.

These are:

Coal-carrier
Dress-maker
Glover (2)
Publican


Profession of the Groom’s and Bride’s Father


As with the grooms most of the fathers were labourers.
 
There were a few unusual professions:

Higgler - a pedlar
Huckster - an itinerant carrier who buys up poultry and dairy produce and supplies in exchange petty commodities from the shops in town
Whitesmith – a tinsmith or a worker in iron who finishes or polishes the work

Re-marriages


There are several examples of grooms marrying for a second time in the church, and one marrying three times. There is only one definite instance of a bride marrying for the second time. 


  • Abraham Garrett married Elizabeth Bidgood in 1855 and Rebecca Hallett in 1863
  • Absalom Trask (26 years old) married Emma Barlett (27) in 1867 and aged 41 married Sarah Jane Adams (23) in 1881
  • Charles Churchill (21) married Charlotte Susan Mabey (22) in 1871 and aged 28 married Elizabeth Shire (30) in 1878
  • Edwin Voizey married Mary Ann Prior in 1848, Elizabeth Hains in 1852 and aged 44 married for the third time to Eliza Adams in 1868
  • This same Eliza Adams is the only bride to have definitely remarried. As Eliza Norman she married Robert Adams in 1844 before, at the age of 58, marrying Edwin Voizey in 1868.
  • William Whebby was a widower for both his recorded marriages. First to Hannah Newman in 1841 and to Priscilla Matilda Thomas in 1865. There is no record of his earlier marriage.

The Oldest Groom and Bride


The oldest groom where a definite age is given is William Whebby who was 73 when he married Priscilla Matilda Thomas. This was at least his third wife. She was a 60 year old widow and is the oldest recorded bride


Residence of Groom and Bride


For two-thirds of marriages, both bride and groom came from East Chinnock. Of the 247 brides 240 were from East Chinnock, 2 from West Coker and the other 5 were not recorded. Of the grooms 164 were from East Chinnock and most of the others were very local.

West Coker

11

West Chinnock

7

Hardington

7

Yeovil

7

Odcombe

6

Haselbury

5

Compiled By Bruce Murdoch

The File of East Chinnock Weddings


There are 3 versions of the same file called: EC_Marriage_Records


The 1st one is an Excel file, sorted alphabetically on groom’s surname. Click on it and it should open up on your computer depending on which browser you are using and which spreadsheet program you have on your computer. Save this onto your computer to have full spreadsheet searching facilities. If this doesn’t work for you try the second one.

EC_Marriage_Records_-_Sorted_1_2.xls (size 97KB)


 The 2nd one is a text file exported from Excel which can be imported into any spreadsheet program. Save the file onto your computer by right clicking on it, Save target as (or Save Link as ), Save. Open the saved file with your spreadsheet program.

EC_Marriage_Records_-_Sorted_1_4.txt  (size 33.95KB)


 The 3rd one is an Excel file sorted by register number, in date order. Click on it and it should open up on your computer depending on which browser you are using and which spreadsheet program you have on your computer. Save this onto your computer to have full spreadsheet searching facilities.
EC_Marriage_Records_-_By_RegNo_2.xls 
(size 93.5KB)